Introducing a Sugar Glider to Other Pets

Is it possible to give a sugar glider (“SG”) to another pet, such as an adult dog or cat? Of course it is!

While some say that exotic animals like sugar gliders will never get along with domesticated animals like dogs, the truth is that sugar gliders are very eager to bond with an existing group. People who say that gliders and other pets won’t get along probably don’t know how to introduce two species of animals.

Now, if you really want to bond with your pet dog or cat, you need to take things very slowly.

Remember, even the best canine friends can bond when they see something that vaguely resembles food, and the glider’s small size doesn’t help. Make sure the marsupial is caged when it visits your dog or cat.

At the first meeting, let your dog or cat explore the cage and its occupant. Let your other pet sniff; this is the first step to recognition and bonding.

Do this regularly, maybe two or three times a day for a week or two. By then, your other pet will be used to the smell, size, look and sound of the glider. Your other pet will not feel suspicious and will not be scared or scared anymore.

Now keep in mind that the bonding process should be done as soon as possible. Remember our discussion about the ideal age? Well, the bonding age of other animals is also between seven and twelve weeks. Don’t let your adult glider get too old without meeting your other pets!

Always rely on your knowledge of your other pets when introducing a sugar glider. Note that they will almost always try to act bossy when around other animals, even very small marsupials.

Because of this tendency, older dogs and cats may not appreciate a newcomer trying to dominate their surroundings. Once the initial “evaluation phase” is over (1 to 2 weeks of “sniff and go”), it’s time to take the sugar glider out of the cage.

Keep the snake close to your body when you let your other pet smell it. Be ready to defend your sugar glider if the other animal decides to track or bite. Once you feel the other pet is comfortable enough with the suggie, you can place the sugar glider on the floor.

Let nature take its course. At this point, a well-trained (and well-behaved) cat or dog will not strike (but be prepared for the possibility). Allow both animals to play for a few minutes before slowly separating them. Try to create a routine that involves you and the other two animals.

If the bonding is successful, you’ll likely see your sugar glider climb atop your cat or dog for a “free ride” around the house or yard. Over time, the dog will treat the glider as a member of the family, and vice versa. Link successful!

Be patient with both animals and do not punish either animal if the animals behave mischievously or aggressively. Keep both animals safe and use positive affirmations and rewards to enforce the idea of ​​good behavior.

Important note:

It is difficult but not impossible to associate the large birds with Petaurus norfolcensis (biological name). However, we must recognize that in the wild large bird species and sugar gliders have a predator-prey relationship.

Large birds hunt and eat small rodents and small marsupials such as SG, while they lurk in bird nests to eat bird eggs. Be careful when inserting a suggie into a large bird, as close contact can end badly too soon.

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